The Bosch Evolution 500 SHE55M12UC costs a bit more than the top-rated Maytag JetClean Plus MDB8959AWW (*Est. $660) , but it has a couple of advantages. In professional tests, it gets higher scores for its cleaning, energy efficiency and quietness (partly because it doesn't include a noisy self-cleaning filter). It also lacks the Maytag's hidden controls, which some users find inconvenient. Otherwise, the two dishwashers have similar features: Both include a stainless-steel tub, an adjustable top rack, a sanitize cycle and Energy Star certification.
Users praise the Evolution 500's quietness, performance, efficiency and "elegant" design. Yet some complain that it's awkward to load and it doesn't leave dishes dry. Reports of mechanical problems are fairly rare, and Bosch dishwashers get excellent reliability ratings overall. This model comes in white, black and stainless steel, which costs an extra $100 or so.
ConsumerReports.org includes the Evolution 500 SHE55M12UC in its detailed dishwasher tests, and we also found about 125 user reviews on the site. Sears.com features feedback from another 50 or so owners, and Buzzillions.com has more than 50 reviews. The J.D. Power and Associates survey of appliance owners gives a good picture of Bosch models as a whole based on such factors as performance, style, price and ease of use.
The Bosch Evolution 500 SHE55M12UC is one of more than 135 standard dishwashers evaluated for cleaning performance, efficiency, noise and ease of use. Results are reported in a comparison chart, with details available for specific models. Some 125 subscribers also post reviews.
Review: Recommended Dishwashers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Last updated Aug. 2011
The Bosch Evolution 500 SHE55M12UC garners more than 50 owner reviews at Sears.com, where they give it 4.3 stars out of 5. Users like the machine's quietness, efficiency, style and performance, although a few say the interior space can be cramped and drying performance is uneven.
Review: Bosch 24" Built-In Dishwasher Energy Star, Contributors to Sears.com, As of Feb. 2012
Buzzillions.com features comments from more than 60 owners of the stainless version of the Bosch Evolution 500. Most say the machine is quiet and attractive, with good cleaning performance. However, some note that it's awkward to load.
Review: Bosch SHE55M15UC - Evolution 500 Series 24" Under Counter Dishwasher, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of Feb. 2012
4. J.D. Power & Associates
The annual appliance survey by J.D. Power and Associates doesn't evaluate specific models, but it does rank dishwasher brands as a whole based on such factors as design, performance and ease of use. Bosch machines get above-average ratings overall, with top scores for performance and reliability.
Review: 2011 Home Appliance Study: Dishwasher, Editors of J.D. Power and Associates, Aug. 3, 2011